Afghan govt urges PIA to continue flight operation

By: News Desk      Published: 02:29 PM, 15 Oct, 2021
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File photo of PIA plane at Kabul Airport.

Afghan Taliban on Friday assured the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) management that the dispute arising out of keeping the PIA country manager hostage in Kabul would be resolved as early as possible, reported 24NewsHD TV channel. 

Quoting its sources, the TV channel reported that the Afghan government had assured the national flag carrier that the issue would be settled amicably, requesting the airline to continue with its flight operation.

A spokesman for the airline, however, has said that the flight operation will remain suspended until further government orders.  

Pakistan had yesterday (on Thursday, October 14), suspended the flight operation to Afghanistan following the hostage-taking incident.

Pakistan International Airline (PIA) country manager was held hostage on Thursday by the Taliban for two hours. 

According to sources, the country manager was released following the intervention of senior officials, including the defence attaché. 

The country manager was leaving the Pakistani embassy in Kabul with an Afghan visa, sources said. 

PIA country manager was held hostage on exit from Pakistani embassy, ​​sources confirmed. The country manager held hostage over Afghan visa issue, sources said. 

Reporter Usman Javed